Back in the winter, The Bare Square highlighted some creative couples that loved making art together.
From Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s The Gates to Gilbert and George’s Singing Sculptures, the duos channeled their sparks of love into monumental works of art.
With the power to create and the power to love going hand in hand, there’s no wonder that famous artists throughout history have paired up for romance.
For abstract expressionist artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, their love manifested after participating in the same New York City art exhibit in 1941. As a married couple, Krasner devoted her life to support Jackson’s art career, putting her own artistic dreams on hold until after Pollock’s untimely death.
Spanish painter Pablo Picasso first encountered surrealist photographer Dora Maar at a Paris cafe in 1936 while she was playing the “knife game” — swiftly stabbing the point of a knife between her five splayed fingers. Since then, their romance flourished for nine years and Maar became Picasso’s leading muse.
Mexican painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera first developed a relationship on a strictly professional level. As a young artist, Kahlo admired Rivera’s work and often sought out his guidance on pursuing art as a career. Amid his encouragement the pair fell in love and eventually married in 1929.
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- Ava Cotlowitz